Music History: April 15
2017 Jethro Tull hits #1 on the Classical Albums chart with Jethro Tull: The String Quartets.
2016 J. Cole, Alicia Keys, Chance the Rapper, Ludacris, Nicki Minaj and Wale attend a White House sit down with President Obama to discuss criminal justice reform and the My Brother's Keeper Initiative.
2014 Years of alcohol abuse take their toll on Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley, who collapses in his kitchen and is placed in an induced coma. He makes a slow and painful recovery in which he has to relearn guitar.
2008 Tom Morello kicks off the Tom Morello Justice Tour 2008 in Los Angeles, California.
2006 Elton John cleans out his closet and raises over $700,000 for his AIDS Foundation when he sells over 10,000 articles of clothing in his Elton's Closet sale in New York.
1996 The remainder of Grateful Dead leader Jerry Garcia's ashes are scattered near the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco; a week earlier, a portion had been scattered into India's Ganges river.
1989 Tone-Loc's debut album, Loc-ed After Dark, hits #1 on the Billboard 200, thanks to the success of his platinum hit "Wild Thing."
1989 Roy Orbison's "You Got It" hits its chart peak at #9 four months after he died of a heart attack.
1984 British comedian Tommy Cooper suffers a heart attack and dies on stage during a live performance on the show Live From Her Majesty's.
1983 The Bad Brains' second full-length album, Rock for Light, is released. Produced by The Cars' Ric Ocasek, the album features both new compositions (such as the title track and "How Low Can a Punk Get?"), as well as re-recordings of tunes that originally appeared on the group's debut ("Sailin' On," "Banned in D.C."). Years later, Kurt Cobain would list Rock for Light as one of his all-time favorite records.
1982 Anvil release their sophomore album, Metal on Metal. Produced by Chris Tsangarides, the album spawns the anthemic title track, which instantly becomes an Anvil concert standard.
1982 Billy Joel breaks his left wrist when a car slams into his motorcycle in Long Island. He has surgery on his hand and stays in the hospital for over a month.
1977 Lynyrd Skynyrd is celebrated before the Atlanta Braves home opener in a ceremony to honor the band for their live album One More For The Road, which was recorded at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta.
1977 The Stranglers' debut full length, Rattus Norvegicus, is released. Produced by Martin Rushent, the album spawns one of punk's all-time classics, "Peaches."
1974 Lynyrd Skynyrd releases their second album, Second Helping.
1973 Billboard #1 Pop Hit: Tony Orlando and Dawn's "Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree"
1972 Roberta Flack's "First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" hits #1.
1972 Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen's "Hot Rod Lincoln" enters the charts.
1971 Rolling Stone reports that the Illinois Crime Commission had issued a list of "drug-oriented rock records," which include Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit," Procol Harum's "A Whiter Shade of Pale," and "Puff The Magic Dragon" by Peter, Paul and Mary.
1970 Michael Wadleigh's Woodstock, a film chronicle of the famed 1969 counterculture festival, wins the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
1969 The Beatles record "The Ballad of John and Yoko."
1969 Archie Bell of The Drells completes his tour of duty in Vietnam and is discharged from the US Army.
1968 Alt-rock guitarist Ed O'Brien (Radiohead) is born in Oxford, England.
1968 Aretha Franklin records "Think."
1966 Dance-pop singer Samantha Fox - known for her hit 1986 debut, "Touch Me (I Want Your Body)" - is born in Mile End, London, England.
1966 Buffalo Springfield play their first concert when they open for The Byrds in San Bernardino, California.
1966 The Beatles record "Paperback Writer" and "Rain."
1966 The Rolling Stones release Aftermath.
1962 Billboard #1 Pop Hit: Elvis Presley's "Good Luck Charm"
1947 Mike Chapman is born in Queensland, Australia. After moving to England and teaming up with Nicky Chinn, he becomes a top songwriter and producer, responsible for the hits "Devil Gate Drive," "Ballroom Blitz" and "A Touch Too Much." After moving to America in 1975, his hits continue with "Kiss You All Over" and "Love Is A Battlefield."
1944 Welsh rocker Dave Edmunds is born in Cardiff, Wales.
1940 Saxophonist Clarence Satchell (The Ohio Players) is born in Cleveland, Ohio.
1939 Pop singer-songwriter Marty Wilde is born Reginald Leonard Smith in Blackheath, South London, England.
1937 Country singer-songwriter Bob Luman ("Let's Think About Living") is born in Blackjack, Texas.
1934 Pop-folk vocalist Tim Feild (The Springfields) is born in Hascombe, Surrey, England.
1933 Country musician and Hee Haw host Roy Clark is born in Meherrin, Virginia.
1927 15 inches of rain falls on New Orleans in 18 hours, later inspiring the Randy Newman song "Louisiana 1927."
1894 Blues singer Bessie Smith is born in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
1861 Poet William Bliss Carman ("Soft Was The Wind") is born in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.
2012 A virtual Tupac Shakur performs at the Coachella festival, rapping "Hail Mary" and "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted" before disappearing in a flash. Often reported as a hologram, the technology used to bring Tupac to life is later revealed to be a system of mirrors, glass and computer animation.
2006 "Be Without You" by Mary J. Blige remains at #1 on the R&B chart for its 15th week, breaking the record of 14 weeks set the previous year by Mariah Carey with "We Belong Together."
1972 Billy Joel plays a concert at Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia which is broadcast by the local radio station WMMR. After the show, the station puts his performance of "Captain Jack" in rotation, and Joel builds a following. This leads to a contract with Columbia Records, which releases Joel's breakthrough album, Piano Man, in 1973.
1971 The Beatles win their only Oscar, taking Best Original Song Score for their movie Let It Be.
1964 Ringo Starr famously tells the other Beatles after a long day of filming their first movie, that it's been "a hard day's night." John Lennon turns the phrase into a song, and the movie title is changed from Beatlemania! to A Hard Day's Night.